Is it a bird? No, it's a shrew

A bird rescue charity has changed its name to include the word "animal", after fears that its work with other wildlife would bring it into conflict with the Charity Commission.

Cotswold Swan and Wild Bird Rescue, which had an income of just under £5000 in 2005, has changed its name to the Cotswold Animal and Bird Rescue following a large number of calls from local people asking it to rescue animals.

“We’ve been getting up to twelve calls a day asking us to rescue anything from shrews to snakes to foxes and we can’t say ‘no, it’s not a bird’,” said manager Paul Richardson.

Richardson said that about ten years ago the charity was called Cotswold Swan Rescue, but it was reported to the Charity Commission for rescuing other kinds of birds as well. “At that time we didn’t even know it was illegal but this time we thought we had better do the right thing,” he said.

A spokesman for the Charity Commission said that a charity has to stick to whatever activities its deeds set out, but it is welcome to amend the deeds, free of charge, if the proposed extension of their remit is logical and charitable.

“Any money raised before the change has to be used for its original purpose,” he cautioned.

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